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Point to Point

Posted on 2009-03-29. Filed under: Thoughts | Tags: , |

I read a great quotation today. It was from New Testament Studies by C. H. Dodd. And it goes a little something like this:

We have observed that in at least two cases the sayings of our Lord imply an appeal behind the Law of Moses to the order of creation. While, therefore, the Law of Moses is from one aspect the first stage of revelation, leading up to the Law of Christ, in another aspect it is a temporary expedient on the way from the Law of Nature to the Law of Christ, serving certain limited purposes, which fulfilled, it may be set aside, leaving mankind in Christ confronted by the original law of his creation.

Truly insightful! I have often said that there are three places in the Bible in which we see God’s perfect will rendered perfectly: the Garden of Eden (before the Fall), the life of Jesus and the New Kingdom at the end of Revelation. I just realized that nowhere in there is anything related to the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses is not an example of his perfect will; it is an example of his acceptable will.

People set it up sometimes as almost another God. I have some things to think about here.

Galatians 3:19-29

19Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
20Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one.
21Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.
22But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.
24Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.
25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

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